Dodge City YMCA needs votes to get a big prize.

Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm Insurance to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. The Dodge City Family YMCA was one of just 200 organizations nationwide — and one of only four organizations in Kansas — to be selected as a finalist for State Farm’s $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant.

The grant will be awarded to the organizations receiving the highest number of online votes by Aug. 25. The Dodge City Family YMCA is requesting the community’s help by voting for them to receive the grant. Through Aug. 25, anyone with a valid email address can vote up to 10 times per day at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The grant recipients will be announced on "Good Neighbor Day," Sept. 28, via the Neighborhood Assist website.

"We would use the grant to supplement the 21st Century grant," said Jackie Regan, executive director of the Dodge City branch. "That would be our after school program here at the facility.

"We have reapplied for the federal grant, but the program needs to continue."

According to YMCA officials, a drop in financial aid has caused the program to go from $5 a week to $8 a week for children attending the after school program. While scholarships will continue, the grant would provide more money for scholarships and the after school program.

"We have great teachers and parents who are involved in the program," Regan said. "We want to keep everyone involved."

For convenience, the YMCA has included a direct link to their voting page on their website, www.ymcaswjabsas.org, and on their Facebook event.

Regan said local State Farm agent and YMCA board member Rob Sowers was instrumental in making this possible.

"We are grateful that Rob brought this grant to our attention," Regan said. "He’s been very proactive in assisting us with the process, and we truly hope the community will vote to make this a reality."

For more information contact Regan at 620-225-8157 or jregan@ymcaswkansas.org.

 

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